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GW Softball Splits in NISC Opener

By Atlantic 10 Conference

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LYNCHBURG, Va. - Making its first postseason appearance, George Washington softball secured a 4-1 win over Marshall on Thursday afternoon to kick off the National Invitational Softball Championship Liberty Regional before dropping the nightcap to Kent State, 7-2.

The Colonials have a quick turnaround to face Appalachian State in an elimination game on Friday at 10 a.m. The winner of that one advances to face either Marshall or Rutgers at 7 p.m.

GW 4, Marshall 1: Sierra Lange put together a sensational all-around effort in the opener to make sure the Colonials won their postseason debut. The sophomore from Texas earned her 30th win of the season with a dazzling complete-game effort and also went 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI.

In a pitcher's duel, GW (43-16) finally cracked Marshall starter Abigail Tolbert in a four-run fifth inning. The Colonials broke a scoreless deadlock by batting around on the strength of six hits.

Morgan Kummer delivered a pinch-hit single to kick off a run of seven straight Colonials reaching base.

The game's first run scored via a bases-loaded catcher's interference with Jessica Linquist at the plate, and then Jenna Cone, Lange and Priscilla Martinez followed with RBI singles to extend the lead to 4-0.

Lange ensured the Colonials stayed in front, allowing a run on six hits with seven strikeouts against Conference USA runner-up Marshall.

The Thundering Herd scored its run on a two-out RBI double in the sixth inning, but the GW ace came back to get an inning-ending pop out to strand two more in scoring position. She closed out the victory an inning later by inducing a line-drive double play.

With the three hits, Lange recorded her team-high 26th multi-hit performance of the season, while Cone and Martinez collected two hits apiece in the victory.

Linquist's run scored in the fifth was her 65th of the season to tie the A-10 record.

Kent State 7, GW 2: The Golden Flashes totaled seven runs between the second and third innings and went on to claim the victory. Elena Shelepak led the Colonials in the second game, going 2-for-3 with a two-run double.

Kent State took the lead with four unearned runs in the second. The Golden Flashes produced three straight two-out hits, including Jen Cader's three-run home run, to make it 4-0.

Kent State added three more in the following frame, pushing the advantage to 7-0 on a long ball from Megan Turner.

GW got on the board in the fourth inning with Shelepak's two-out, two-run double. Her 10th double of the season brought home Cone and Martinez.

First-year Megan Osterhaus put together a strong relief outing for the Colonials, tossing 3 1/3 scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts to finish the game.

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